Born in Askardu of the
Jammu & Kashmir State of India, Prof. Bal Raj Madhok is a renowned
scholar statesman of India. A patriot with a deep understanding of history
and international politics, Prof. Madhok is an institution.
A product of the Lahore University of undivided
Punjab, Mr. Madhok played an important role when Pakistan attacked Kashmir.
Until then a professor at the D.A.V. College of Srinagar, Mr. Madhok for
the first time, entered State politics as the Founder-Secretary of the
Jammu & Kashmir Praja Parishad. He also founded the Akhil Bharatiya
Vidyarthi Parishad (an All-lndia Students' Organization) and served as
the Chief Editor of the Weekly Organizer of New Delhi, the mouthpiece of
Prof. Bal Raj Madhok was an active participant
with Dr. Shyama Prasad Mookerjee when the right of center political party,
Bharatiya Jan Sangh was launched. Under his presidentship, the BJS emerged
as the nationalist alternative to the then ruling Congress party, in India's
fourth general elections of 1967.
Twice elected member of parliament, Prof. Madhok
made his mark as an astute parliamentarian. His profound knowledge in defense,
foreign affairs, matters relating to Kashmir and Islam, makes him a respected
and valued authority on the Kashmir issue.
He was the Vice-Chairman of the Study Team for
Defense, a Member of the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, the President of the Indo-Israeli Friendship Society (1967-74);
and currently, Prof. Madhok is the Chairman of the Forum of International
Affairs and President of the Indo-Tibetan Society.
A prolific writer in both Hindi and English, Prof.
Madhok has authored more than thirty books.